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Panama Canal
Canal de panama
Panama Canal Map EN.png
A schematic o the Panama Canal, illustratin the sequence o locks an passages
Locks 3 locks up, 3 doun per transit; aw twa lanes
(2 lanes o locks; locks biggit in three steids)
Status Open, extension in process
Navigation authority Panama Canal Authority
Oreeginal ainer La Société internationale du Canal
Principal ingineer John Findlay Wallace (1904–05), John Frank Stevens (1905–07), George Washington Goethals (1907–14)
Date o first uise August 15, 1914

The Panama Canal (Spaingie: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi) ship canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) tae the Paceefic Ocean. The canal cuts athort the Isthmus o Panama an is a key conduit for internaitional maritime trade. Thare are locks at each end tae lift ships up tae Gatun Loch, an airtifeecial loch creatit tae reduce the amoont o excavation wirk required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) abuin sea level. The current locks are 33.5 metres (110 ft) wide. A third, wider lane o locks is currently unner construction an is due tae open in 2016.

Coordinates: 9°04′48″N 79°40′48″W / 9.08000°N 79.68000°W / 9.08000; -79.68000